Dave Burgess Head of Character Animation
Title: Turbo Character Animation Development
Description: An in depth, behind the scenes look into the development process for the snails and humans from DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo. This will include many of the very first performance tests.
David Burgess does not have any time to get into trouble – he has been busy enough animating!
Dave was most recently Head of Character Animation on DreamWorks Animation’s March 2009 release, “Monsters vs. Aliens.” Prior to Monsters vs Aliens, he was Head of Character Animation on the mini-movie “Hammy’s Boomerang Adventure,” and has been a Supervising Animator on “Bee Movie” and “Over the Hedge,” as well as Animator on “Madagascar,” and “Shrek 2.”
David got his industry start assisting filmmaker John Weldon at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal. He gradually made a shift to animating for television commercials at Michael Mills’ Commercial Studio in Montreal and later at Animation House in Toronto.
In 1990, he began working at Walt Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, CA. At Disney, he worked on many of their most successful productions. His assignments included: Supervising Animator on “Tarzan” (Professor. Porter) and “The Lion King” (The Hyenas), as well as working as an Animator on “Beauty and the Beast” (Gaston/Bimbettes) and “Aladdin” (Genie), among many others.
Born and raised in Orange County, California, Dave attended the Emily Carr College of Art & Design in Vancouver, BC, and graduated with Honors in Animation in 1981. Prior to that, he attended Vernon Senior Secondary School in Vernon, British Columbia.
He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and over the years has taught animation courses in various colleges, universities, film festivals, conferences as well as on-line.